by telling them Sergt. Marshall had been shot. I didn’t know what to do exactly, whether I should stay by him or to leave him, but I decided, as I was exposed, after making sure he was really dead to run back the other way and not across the open. So I made good time along the low trenches stooping low and splashing through waterlogged trenches till finally dashing up the deep communication trench I came across our first Lieut. Dobell and Lieut. Oliver, near the place where the Sergt lay. I reported the whole affair to them and Sergeant Annesley much against Lieut. Dobell’s wishes ran over to the spot to make sure his pal was dead and to get his papers. We decided to leave the body while night so I returned to Ben. Poor Sergeant Annesley now our platoon sergeant was much upset although he hid it well and started vigourously working on sandbag fatigue.